Answering Your Sailor Moon Questions – the Sequel
Back by popular demand, here comes another lightning round of Sailor Moon questions that come up often that are either not long enough to warrant a full-blown answer, or I have no clue what the answer is and I’m willing to go on record and embarrass myself. But I desperately try to keep it to more of the former and less of the latter.
Of course, if you have any questions you’d like to suggest, please leave it down below in the comments!
Without further ado, let’s get started!
What apartment does Makoto live in?
Okay, I’ll be honest. No one in their right mind would actually ask this, but it’s something I wanted to mention. Obviously an apartment number is not worth writing a 700-900 word article about, so I figured I’d spare you a long rambling post on the subject.
Anyway, in the manga Makoto lives in apartment 201 and apartment 202 in the live-action series.1
As for why they changed her apartment number, I really can’t say for sure, but I have a few ideas:
- They simply made a mistake and someone mis-remembered or messed up their fact-checking.
- The 202 mailbox was simply in a better position for the camera setup and they figured it was “close-enough.”
- No one really cared and it was just a coincidence that they managed to pick numbers close to each other.
My guess is probably 1, but I doubt we’ll ever know. Nor does it really matter.
Why does only Sailor Pluto wear lipstick?
For starters, she’s older than the rest of the Sailor Soldiers, and (we assume?) quite a bit more mature.
Secondly, actually Sailor Uranus and Neptune also wear lipstick!
What kind of doctor is Ami’s mother?
Turns out, according to the manga, Ami’s mother is a 内科医 (naikai; internist, physician).2 This is a bit odd, considering it’s mentioned several times in the manga that Ami’s ridiculously wealthy, and physicians are not actually all that insanely well-paid. We also know that Ami’s mother works at a hospital (and doesn’t run her own private practice), which limits how much she could push her income even further.
So how much does a physician usually make? Glad you asked!
Assuming she had Ami when she was 25 or older and is now in her 40s, the average income for physicians at that age is between 14.4 and 20.4 million yen. So average that out and say she’s making around 17.4 million yen a year? (approx. $157,000 @ 110 yen to $1)
Not shabby by any stretch of the imagination, but definitely not the super ritzy life the manga leads us to believe.
Why are Luna and Artemis cats?
Hmm, interesting question. I feel like we’re getting pretty existential here.
As for why they’re cats, I honestly can’t say for sure. Obviously having an animal sidekick allowed it to be much easier to fit Luna into the story and be Usagi’s constant companion, and cats are a pretty safe bet to be popular with kids.
If your question is if whether there’s some sort of connection between cats and the moon, no, none to my knowledge.
However, I’d say that Kiki’s Delivery Service may have been a strong influence on the cat sidekick concept. No strong support for this theory, other than that the movie was wildly popular, came out ~2 years before Codename: Sailor V, and that Luna and Jiji were both black cats. So not much really.
What happened to Kae Hanazawa (singer of the Sailor Stars Song)?
Wow, I can’t tell you how much time I spent looking up this question, which came in through the comments.
As far as I can tell, she only has two songs to her credit: the aptly-named “Sailor Stars Song” and “Motto Suteki na Asa ga Kuru yo” (“An even more beautiful morning awaits”), which also appeared on the Sailor Stars Song single.
Except for this one image I’ve found online, which I’m not even totally confident is her, there’s really no information about Kae Hanazawa available anywhere online. It’s like she came out of the ether, sang her two songs, and then faded out of existence once again as soon as she was done.
My best guess is that this was something of a pen name, much like how Daria Kawashima didn’t take credit under her own name for her role in Moonlight Densetsu. It’s possible that either she had other work that she didn’t want to overlap with this, or that Colombia Records or her talent agency didn’t want her real name associated with Sailor Moon.
Considering the deep connection between Sailor Moon and the Sakurakko Club (including, but not limited to, the initial Sailor Moon musical cast being made up mostly of members from there), I think it’s a reasonably safe bet that she came from there. In fact, the identities of the singers making up “Moonlips,” the group that sang Moonlight Densetsu for Sailor Moon SuperS, were never properly revealed.3
How do you draw Sailor Jupiter?
I have absolutely no idea, but let’s see if we can work this out together:
- Draw a circle (the head)
- Draw more circles (arms? knees? I dunno)
- Add some lines between your circles
- Erase the lines that look unnecessary
- Add a super-cool lightning bolt
- Color it in if you want… or don’t
Once you’re done, it should look something like this:
I believe I mentioned that I’m not an artist.
There were a few more questions lined up, but it looks like we’ve gone on a bit longer than I originally intended, so I’ll have to leave it off here for now. However, as always, I’m always open to questions either on here, on Facebook, or on Twitter.
If I’m able to get a collection of other questions to address in short-form response like this, I’d definitely love to to more of these!